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2020 Cadillac XT5 gets 40 upgrades for the new model year

Cadillac has refreshed the XT5 for the 2020 model year.

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The best-selling SUV in Cadillac's lineup is getting 40 updates for the 2020 model year. Cadillac says that the improvements on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 give customers a greater ability to, "match the luxury crossover to their personality."

Cadillac is adding a Sport trim level, which is slotted between the base Luxury and midgrade Premium Luxury trims. The XT5 Sport has sharper driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, and a bolder, darker appearance. XT5 Premium Luxury models are defined by bright trim, contemporary décor, and a comfort-tuned driving experience.

A twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard and gets 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is freshly paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine achieves 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.

The SUV has revised front struts and given the SUV driveline enhancements.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport

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Cadillac has added a Sport trim to the XT5 lineup for the 2020 model year.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

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Cadillac is adding the XT5 Premium Luxury model to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

Cadillac has added standard LED headlmaps with IntelliBeam on all models. The SUV's front and rear fascia have also been updated. A new 18-inch wheel is standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury models while a 20-inch wheel is available. Sport trim models have standard 20-inch wheels.

The car's cabin now comes with a host of options including a wider variety of colors and materials for seating, a new center console design, standard heated front seats, and the available Bose Performance Series sound system.

The XT5 has been enhanced to include over 20 available safety and driver assistance technologies including a rotary controller, Near Field Communications technology, 15-watt wireless charging, revised USB ports, an HD instrument cluster, a high-definition rearview camera, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and Night Vision.

It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

The company will sell the 2020 XT5 with an available Platinum package, which Cadillac is billing as, "the pinnacle of technology and most sophisticated interior in the lineup." The package is available on all trim levels.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 is now available on dealership lots nationwide.

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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

General Motors

Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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Electric vehicles

Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

Ford

With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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